California Highway Patrol has yet to release the name of a 35-year-old Hayfork man, apparently killed in a single vehicle crash Monday morning south of Douglas City.
According to CHP reports, the 2000 Ford truck was traveling northbound on Highway 3 approaching Deerlick Springs Road, when, for unknown reasons, it left the right side of the roadway. The truck overturned, leaving its camper shell and contents just off the roadway before rolling several times down the steep bank.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck before it came to rest on its side on the valley floor more than 100 yards from the roadway. He was declared deceased at the scene of the crash.
Supervising CHP Officer Nicholas Ranger said authorities need to confirm the driver’s identification and notify his next of kin before his name is released.
Icy spot on 299 unforgiving
California Highway Patrol officials are asking Caltrans for some extra safety engineering at a curve on Highway 299 that hosted three separate car crashes Friday evening. According to CHP Sgt. Nicholas Ranger, officials are asking for a review of the area about 0.2 of a mile east of the Lewiston Road turnoff from Highway 299, and possibly additional signage or other measures. Sgt. Ranger called the area “an unforgiving location,” where motorists can encounter ice during cold months.
The first accident happened just after noon Friday. A female driver from Lewiston was uninjured when her Honda Element slid off the roadway.
At 5:29 p.m., a female driver from Junction City also slid on the ice in a Kia Soul and was uninjured.
Later, at 11:13 p.m., a male driver in a Dodge 1500 truck lost control, crossed the oncoming lane, hit the dirt bank and overturned. He was not hurt and was able to get out of the truck before CHP and Lewiston Fire Department arrived.
At about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, another crash happened at the same spot. According to CHP Information officer Tom Frank, a female driver was passing through the area, lost control, hit the bank and rolled over. She was able to get out of the car on her own before emergency personnel arrived and declined medical attention.
All four motorists were traveling westbound and crashes occurred in the same basic area.
Motorists should slow and be ready when in the area around mile marker 64 on Highway 299 in cold weather.